The Lawes of Ecclesiastical Politie by Richard Hooker

It’s been fun to dip into the sixteenth century English reformation!  I’m reading the bits on ministry which have been useful to contextualize how Anglican models of ministry have evolved both ‘Catholic’ and ‘Reformed’.  The fun part is the quaint cultural dissonances coming from the 16th century language such as “publike prayer” and “the sumptuousness of Churches”.  And then there is this fabulous quote which would disqualify me from ministry altogether!

“a moderate and dispassionate temperament, something between fullness and emptiness, has always been thought and found – all things considered – to be the safest and happiest course for everyone, even for kings and princes.”

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